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Dear Graduates:

Congratulations on your graduation from VCU! We are very proud of you and your accomplishments! You demonstrated great perseverance in completing your degree which will undoubtedly serve you well in whatever endeavors you pursue.

We wanted to remind you of a few important items as you prepare for your transition. Please read the entire email, as there are many items and events that pertain to you.

Alumni Student Email

In accordance with the Alumni Email Standard, graduates will be provided a new Google Workspace account in the alumni.vcu.edu domain. To keep the account active, it must be signed into once a year. Visit Collaboration Services for more information.

Career Advising and Professional Development
During the next year, you will have full access to all of the career development services you had as a student, including one-on-one advising (with Zoom and phone options available). If you are applying for jobs, VCU Career Services can assist with strategies to organize your search, resume and cover letter reviews, mock interviews and negotiation tactics. In addition, you may attend any of our career fairs as a VCU alumnus. If the next stop in your career journey is graduate or professional school, we can help you plan out your application timeline, develop or review your personal statements, or improve professional networking skills. Even if you didn’t utilize our services as a student, you are welcome to start now as a new grad!

VCU alumni also maintain indefinite access to all of the resources available online at careers.vcu.edu and job postings through Handshake, VCU’s official job database for students and alumni. There are thousands of employers in Handshake that want to recruit VCU alumni. You can also use VCU Link as a place to build community and connections with fellow alumni. Additionally, VCU Alumni Career Programs offers events, networking opportunities, workshops, and more throughout the year to support new grads and seasoned alumni in their professional pursuits. To ensure you are invited to events near you or even virtually, please update your current address and email information here.

VCU Career Services and VCU Alumni Career Programs look forward to continuing to support your professional progress, even as your interests and priorities change. Let us know how we can help you today and into the future!

First Destination Survey

The VCU First Destination Survey has officially launched and we want to hear from you! Whether you have already accepted a job or graduate school offer, are starting a business, volunteering in the community or abroad or are still defining your next steps, we ask that you complete this survey.

After completing the survey in Handshake you will be automatically entered to win one of multiple prizes, including AirPods, a Roku player, a robot vacuum, VCU-branded luggage set, and Amazon gift cards. Prize drawings will be held in May, June, August, September, and December. You can also complete the survey now and then update your information in Handshake through mid-November if your status changes. Access your survey on the Handshake website.

Libraries
To borrow books from the VCU Libraries and to use equipment on-site, alumni can join the VCU Libraries Friends of the Library.

Recreational Sports
VCU graduates have the ability to use Recreational Sports for the break period immediately following graduation. After that, an Alumni membership will be sold at a discounted rate. Visit their website for more information.

Transcripts
Alumni can continue to order transcripts online using eServices as long as they maintain their eID password. Information on the eID password and expiration dates are available here.  Transcripts can also be requested by completing a Transcript Request Form and submitting it along with payment to the Office of Records and Registration. Please visit the Office of Records and Registration’s website to obtain the form and for additional information.

VCU Alumni

Congratulations, your family is growing by 200,000+! Check out this video — a gift to you from alumni who have recorded a special message to cheer you on as you move into your next chapter.

VCU Alumni has a special giveaway on their Instagram @VCUAlumni, the promotion ends May 15 so go follow and like TODAY!

Stay connected to VCU after graduation, we are here to support you as you transition to your next step. As a graduate, you can join regional, academic, identity-based or special interest-based chapters; grow your career by joining VCU’s online networking community, VCU Link, at link.vcu.edu; and find an opportunity to connect virtually with personal and professional development webinars and expert Q&As on the Virtual connections page..

Most importantly, make sure you stay connected after graduation by providing a non-VCU email and other updated contact information on the update your information page.

Good luck to you as you begin your next journey. Your alumni family is so proud of you! If you have any questions, email alumni@vcu.edu

Once again, our sincere congratulations for this tremendous achievement. Please stay in touch with news of next steps on your personal and professional journeys.

Best, 

Reuban B. Rodriguez, Ed.D. 

Associate Vice Provost and Dean of Students

Charles Klink,Ph.D.
Senior Vice Provost for Student AffairsCategories Fall 2020 - Spring 2021

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